Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • Schramsberg, the pioneer of premium quality American sparkling wines, is proud to present its ninth vintage of J. Schram Rosé. This sparkling wine is the result of a singular focus to produce a California sparkling rosé comparable with the finest made anywhere in the world. This wine is blended from the vintage’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine lots from Schramsberg’s collection of 115 cool-climate partner vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Marin. Following secondary fermentation in the bottle, this wine was aged on its yeast lees for seven years in Schramsberg’s historic caves. It was then hand-riddled and finished with a select brut dosage.

      J. Schram Rosé is the epitome of grace, style and elegance in a glass, it lends itself to be served as an aperitif, with a first course or a light main course. Courses might include consommés, cedar planked lobster, scallop ceviche, seared swordfish, fresh crab, roasted poultry or braised pork loin.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Principal Chardonnay Blocks: Jones, Schwarze, Bayview // Principal Pinot Noir Blocks: Richburg, Nobles, Saltonstall
    • Appellation: North Coast
    • County Composition: 41% Napa, 41% Sonoma, 12% Mendocino, 6% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2011 California wine grape harvest was lighter and later than normal with ripeness developing at lower sugar levels, giving winemakers the opportunity to make flavorful, elegant wines. A wet winter and spring delayed bloom and hindered fruit set, which decreased the overall crop load. A generally cool summer prolonged the growing season and harvest started very late in most areas. Wines of this vintage are quite noteworthy for their vibrant, fruitful acidity, promising long aging in the cellar.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 29 - November 3
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 40%
    • Aging: 7 Years
    • Bottled: April 3, 2012
    • Disgorged: April 18 - 26, 2019
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 69% Chardonnay, 31% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 1476 (9-Liter)
    • Alcohol: 12.6%
    • TA: 9.8 g/l
    • p H: 3.02
    • RS: 9.0 g/l
    • Release Date: October 1, 2019
  • Tasting Notes

    • “The 2011 J. Schram Rosé immediately pleases the eye with its copper tinged, pale salmon color. It opens with aromas of cherry and peach cobbler, balanced by aspects of baked pineapple, apricot, marzipan and roasted pear. Layers of candied citrus, lemon meringue and nectarine suffuse the palate, with honey and brown sugar adding additional complexity. Rich, fruitful and closing with a tangy long finish, this wine is truly a feast for the senses.” —Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies



  • Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2011 – The Wine Advocate – 94 Points

    Schramberg's top cuvée, the 2011 J. Schram Rosé is made of 69% Chardonnay and 31% Pinot Noir. Medium salmon-pink in color, it's scented of melon, dried red berries and citrus pith with accents of crushed shell and mushroom. The palate is extraordinarily fresh and youthful, with bright berries character, finely beaded mousse and a long, fresh finish. 1,476 cases produced.

  • Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2011 – Wine & Spirits – 90 Points

    This is a blend of Schramsberg's top lots culled from 115 vineyards, mostly in Napa-Carneros and Sonoma Coast (41 percent each), with contributions from Anderson Valley and Marin. It's more chardonnay (69 percent) than pinot noir, and 40 percent of the lot fermented in barrels. After seven years of aging in bottle on the lees, the wine has a rich, nutty autolysis character as well as enough firm acidity to structure its ripe raspberry sweetness. Serve it at the start of a meal with mousse truffée, or at the end, with a lightly sweetened berry tart.

  • Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram Rosé, North Coast — 2011 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

    Extravagant aromas of strawberry, Asian pear, cinnamon brioche and caramelized hazelnut open to refined and elegantly layered flavors that offer an intriguing hint of age on the lingering finish. Drink now. 1,476 cases made.

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast — 2011 – 97 Points – Wine Enthusiast

    This tightly balanced wine is laser-focused yet full-flavored in a way that's very enticing. Vivid acidity binds together extraordinary peach, ginger and baking spice flavors that start out crisp and then blossom on the palate and linger on the finish. Made from 69% Chardonnay and 31% Pinot Noir, it's delicious now but will be even better alter 2025. Editors' Choice.